Warming center converting to shelter overnight Monday
By Stephanie Frazier| March 3, 2014 at 4:32 PM CST - Updated July 2 at 10:15 AM
From the City of Tyler:
TYLER, TX - In response to inclement weather conditions that persist today, City of Tyler Emergency Management officials have announced the opening of a warming center for citizens in need of these services.
Overnight on Monday the warming center will be converted to a shelter that will stay open all night, according to the Red Cross.
The temporary warming center, operated by the American Red Cross, is located at the St. Louis Baptist Church, 4000 Frankston Hwy. The site is capable of housing 140 occupants and will provide light refreshments, including coffee and snacks for those in need. Officials will continue to evaluate weather conditions throughout the day and will decide on the need for overnight sheltering services as the day progresses. If additional shelters are needed for long-term stays, officials will release this information, along with the locations of any potential sites.
The Tyler Fire Department has responded to 107 incidents since Sunday morning, with many involving weather-related issues. Downed power lines and vehicle accidents have been common. Reports of power outages continue to fluctuate and officials urge citizens to stay clear of any electrical lines that may be affected. Additionally, officials continue to encourage drivers to stay off of area roadways, as conditions continue to be dangerous.